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Winter sports preview capsules

High School Sports

Editor’s note: More winter sports preview capsules will appear in future editions of the Vindicator and Tribune Chronicle. Coaches should send information to sports@tribtoday.com or fax it to 330-841-1717. Wrestling Howland ¯ COACH: Matthew Zakrajsek (7th year, 26-58) ¯ LAST YEAR: ...

Limiting Lamar

Local Sports

PITTSBURGH — Lamar Jackson’s energy is palpable. It pulses every time the NFL’s reigning Most Valuable Player has the ball in his hands, a kinetic energy fueled by the Baltimore quarterback’s unique skillset, one most teams in the league have struggled to grasp let alone stop. Yet ...

YSU basketball teams trying to remain upbeat

YSU Sports

YOUNGSTOWN — Jerrod Calhoun has a laptop computer in front of him, studying the intricacies of potential recruits from carefully crafted highlight clippings. The NCAA has mandated no live contact with potential YSU players until April. The YSU men’s basketball coach has his smartphone ...

Another defensive stalwart sidelined

Local Sports

CLEVELAND — The Browns are down another defensive star. Starting cornerback Denzel Ward, who leads the NFL in passes defensed and is coming off his best game this season, will miss time with a strained calf he sustained in Sunday’s win over Philadelphia. Ward’s injury is just the ...

Early returns

Local Sports

Alabama was No. 1 in the first College Football Playoff rankings of the season Tuesday night, followed by Notre Dame, Clemson and Ohio State. Texas A&M was fifth and Florida was sixth, giving the Southeastern Conference three of the top six teams along with Alabama., which is No. 1 in the ...

Starting off right

High School Sports

BROOKFIELD — Last season, Brookfield went 9-14 and started off the season sluggish before winning five out of its last seven contests. The Warriors earned upsets over the sixth and third seeds in the district tournament before bowing out to Cornerstone Christian in the Division IV Orwell ...

Garfield gets past LaBrae

High School Sports

GARFIELD 51, LaBRAE 49: LEAVITTSBURG — A 23-point third quarter by Garfield propelled them past LaBrae to get their first win of the season. The Vikings had a 33-21 lead at halftime, but the G-Men outscored LaBrae 23-9 in the third quarter to push ahead. Jenna Smith and Grace Mills each ...

Browns still winning amid adversity

Local Sports

CLEVELAND — Say this for the Cleveland Browns, version 2020: They’re a resilient bunch. They’ve won without their star running back, who missed four games with a sprained knee. They’ve won while their best defensive player recovers from COVID-19 — and will have to again. They’ve ...

Steelers’ focus on title, not record

Local Sports

PITTSBURGH — Ben Roethlisberger doesn’t want to get into the comparison game. The Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback doesn’t see the point of it. So while the wins keep piling up — the latest a drama-free 27-3 victory over Jacksonville on Sunday that pushed Pittsburgh to 10-0 — ...

Veteran coach discusses football season

Local Sports

BEAVER TOWNSHIP — For the past 22 seasons, Tom Pavlansky has served as head football coach of the Lakeview Bulldogs, where he has guided the Bulldogs to three league titles and seven playoff appearances (2000, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2015 and 2017). The past four years, he has served on the ...

Steelers’ focus on title, not record

Local Sports

PITTSBURGH — Ben Roethlisberger doesn’t want to get into the comparison game. The Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback doesn’t see the point of it. So while the wins keep piling up — the latest a drama-free 27-3 victory over Jacksonville on Sunday that pushed Pittsburgh to 10-0 — ...

Francona says he’s ‘excited’ for return to bench

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CLEVELAND — Terry Francona’s feeling more fit and a little feisty. That’s welcome news for the Cleveland Indians. After missing most of this past season with significant health problems, Francona said Monday that he’s stronger physically and looking forward to managing again in 2021, ...

Cavaliers complete trade; sign Dellavedova

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CLEVELAND — The Cavaliers have found either a temporary replacement for Tristan Thompson or an asset to bring in other talent. Cleveland announced Monday it has acquired center JaVale McGee and a 2026 second-round draft pick from the Los Angeles Lakers for forwards Alfonzo McKinnie and ...

Browns’ star out Sunday

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CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Browns not only managed without star Myles Garrett for one game, they won. They’ll have to try to do it again. The dynamic end will miss this week’s game against Jacksonville as he continues to recover from the COVID-19 virus. Garrett tested positive last ...

Tigers lose heartbreaker on final play

High School Sports

MASSILLON — The 2020 season deserved such an ending. The Springfield Tigers probably didn’t. The Division VI state finals seemed destined to be won by the team that had possession of the ball last. That team was Coldwater as a last-second field goal sealed the deal and handed the ...

Browns take flight

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CLEVELAND — Kareem Hunt lifted off just inside the 5-yard line, soared over the head of Philadelphia’s Jalen Mills like an Olympic long jumper and landed in the end zone. Without star Myles Garrett, the Browns needed someone to step up. Hunt went above and beyond — and he wasn’t the ...

Steelers stay perfect in rout

Local Sports

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Pittsburgh’s latest victory was picture perfect. The Steelers defense gathered in the end zone after each turnover — four times in all — and posed for the cameras. Some of the celebrations were planned, some candid, most cheesy. All of them well-deserved. Ben ...

Gmutza wins Senior Masters

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The stepladder finals results followed the preliminary qualifying scores, and Tom Gmutza captured the title in the 2020 Warren Senior Masters bowling tournament on Sunday at Champion Lanes. Gmutza led the three-game qualifying round on Sunday with a total pinfall of 694. He was followed by ...

Cavs get McGee from Lakers

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CLEVEAND — Looking to replace Tristan Thompson, the Cavaliers have acquired center JaVale McGee and a future draft pick from the Los Angeles Lakers for forwards Alfonzo McKinnie and Jordan Bell, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press on Sunday night. The Cavs will get a ...

Garfield drops opener on road

High School Sports

BELOIT — The lights are back on, the scoreboards show signs of life, and a limited number of spectators seat themselves within the confines of the West Branch Fieldhouse. Believe it or not, basketball is back, and on Saturday, Garfield traveled to Mahoning County to face state Final Four ...